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    Comment: Bright light in Barcelona


    The UITP summit in Barcelona emphasised the importance of public transport in supporting cities, the economy and the planet, while addressing the challenges of climate change and post-covid travel patterns. Chris Jackson reflects on the conference as a platform for collaboration to secure the future of public transport.

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    Wien: U2xU5 Linienkreuz reshapes the U-Bahn


    As part of a smart mobility strategy aimed at reducing car use, construction is in full swing to expand Wien’s U-Bahn network. Diverting Line U2 and building the fully automated Line U5 will increase capacity by around 30%.

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    Technology: Overcoming the silo effect in metro IT


    Building metro lines as self-contained projects can result in duplicate IT systems to manage their operation and maintenance, leading to inefficient use of resources. Cloud computing offers the opportunity to develop a unified information architecture that is cost-effective, flexible and scaleable.

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    Track Maintenance: ATMO takes to the tracks


    New rail grinding technology currently in development is expected to support tram and light rail operators faced with maintaining their networks while meeting tighter noise restrictions in densely populated areas.

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    Technology: Decision support tool drives up network performance


    Singapore metro operator SMRT Trains has worked with Bentley Systems to deploy a highly automated decision support software platform that has driven efficiency gains in its track maintenance activity.

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    Istanbul: Metro expansion forges ahead


    After several years of delays, Istanbul’s ambitious metro and tramway expansion programme is back on track, reports David O’Byrne. Several new lines are set to open while others are moving from planning to construction.

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    Building back better


    Public transport operators around the world face a massive challenge in the years ahead, as countries and cities seek to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic that has swept around the globe during 2020.

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    Rio de Janeiro: Overcoming decades of inaction


    As host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro was able to develop new tram and BRT routes, but ambitious plans to expand the city’s small metro network have made limited progress. Benjámin Zelki investigates.

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    Hungary boards the tram-train


    With only 163 000 inhabitants, the city of Szeged in southern Hungary boasts four tram lines and six trolleybus routes. Now it is adding the country’s first tram-train project, reports Benjámin Zelki.

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    Novosibirsk: Evolution in Siberia


    Plans for RER-style suburban services have been agreed in Russia’s third largest metropolis, augmenting the city’s small metro and a revitalised tram network. Vladimir Waldin reports.

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    Technology: Early diagnosis prevents bearing failure


    Advanced vibration analysis techniques have been deployed to assess Chinese metro trainsets, helping to detect early signs of bearing damage and prevent a catastrophic axlebox failure.

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    Netherlands: Uithoflijn opens at last


    December 16 saw the long-awaited opening of the Uithoflijn light rail route linking central Utrecht with the city’s Science Park, as part of a programme that includes the rebuilding of the existing Nieuwegein sneltram line. Dr Harry Hondius investigates.

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    Boston: Building a Better T


    Work is in full swing on an $8bn, five-year programme of enhancements to Boston’s urban rail networks, aimed at improving resilience, performance and capacity.